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Grateful for farm rescue tool

By Staff | Sep 19, 2013

MERRILL FIRE CHIEF Bill Merchant, left, and Chris Fischer, assistant chief, demonstrate set-up of the department’s grain bin extrication tool made possible with the assistance of Plymouth Energy, in Merrill.

MERRILL – The fast approaching soybean grain harvest brings with it the need for the added awareness of harvesting in and out of the field.

Always present, but at times overlooked, is the need for precaution in the numerous grain bins awaiting this year’s crops.

And when accidents happen?

Rural fire and rescue personnel from rural volunteer fire departments say they’re thankful for the funding they receive from the community.

Merrill Fire Chief Bill Merchant and Chris Fischer, the department’s assistant chief, said they are grateful for fire and rescue training provided by Plymouth Energy ethanol plant employees, as well as funding assistance for special rescue equipment.

Merchant said the department has recently a new $3,000 grain bin extrication tool from Plymouth Energy. The latter Merchant said can be especially beneficial in the life and death situations accompanying grain bin accidents.

Plymouth Energy’s Charles Stremick, vice president of plant operations, said the company sees it as important that its employees volunteer in the community but that Plymouth Energy aid local responders when a request is made for needed equipment

“Our … volunteer department does not receive the funding received by departments in larger communities,” Stremick said. “We feel that by helping purchase the equipment as we can enable our local fire and rescue personnel a means of giving residents in Merrill and our rural area big city protection for those wanting to live in our community and to do business in a small town.

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